April 2007

B.B.'s Best

Jaeger LeCoultre When I asked retailers if they saw anything special at the Swiss watch shows, Jaeger LeCoultre came up again and again. With watches like this one, it's easy to see why. Jaeger has re... read more..

Remember that Golden Rule

How does it go? "Treat others as you would like to be treated," I think. Which means that if you would like someone to walk into your store and shell out a few thousand dollars for a piece of jewelry.... read more..

Filling the void

Of the 800-plus brick-and-mortar shops projected to close their doors for good this year, how many will be missed? That's a question that was posed to attendees of the American Gem Society Conclave by... read more..

Fashion fanatics and the righteous religious

Who could've guessed that rosary beads and crosses would one day top the "haute" accessories list? It's become increasingly common to see entertainers and everyday people adorning their necks and wris... read more..

Top 10 signs you've just returned from BaselWorld:

10. You check under your bed for life preservers…just in case. 9. Green asparagus looks strangely discolored to you. 8. You attend a trade show and wonder where all the dogs and baby strollers are. 7. read more..

Jewelry that's bad to the bone

Iced-out pups in the arms and purses of young "celebutants" are all over the pages of fashion and gossip mags these days. Their sparkly, bubblegum-pink gem-encrusted collars and leashes are cute and a... read more..

Bid on this diamond, please!

Many retail jewelers view e-commerce sites—and online auction sites in particular—with a skeptical eye. But some are discovering how to use these sites to their advantage. For example, Maryland-based ... read more..

Men on Mother’s Day

Your wife would love to get a pair of diamond earrings for Mother's Day, but how would she feel if you buy your mom the exact same pair? An informal, impromptu survey of several men who are sons, husb... read more..

Prospect: prom season

So I hit the malls last weekend looking for dresses for the seven (yes, you read that correctly) weddings I've got coming up this season. I didn't get very far, however, as I just could not compete wi... read more..

So happy together

Consumer electronics and high-end fashion have been involved in a torrid love affair for many seasons now. Their hot and heavy romance recently sired several designer phones that are so glam even a ce... read more..

B.B.'s Best

Emily Armenta So original, yet so on trend, these pendants just beg to be layered on top of a summer dress (that is, if summer would ever get here). From the "Midnight" collection, the pieces come in ... read more..

Industry CEO salaries

Looks like I am on the wrong career path. Forbes has released its annual list of salaries for the chief executive officers of America's 500 biggest companies. The CEOs, whose salaries received an aggr... read more..

Good grief

I'm a "daddy's girl" who misses her father more than words or synthetic jewelry could express. The idea of adorning my ears, wrists or any body part with his remains isn't quite appealing to me. But c... read more..

YouTube takes on jewelry crime

In the brief two years since its launch, YouTube has gone from a clearinghouse for random, offbeat videos to a bonified new media source arguably as influential in politics as it is in pop culture. (W... read more..

Made you look

Recently, hip hop artist Lil Jon made the Guinness Book of World Records with his purchase of the largest diamond pendant ever. Set in 18-karat yellow and white gold, the "ginormous" piece weighs as m... read more..

Nicole Richie to launch jewelry line

I'm a celebrity junkie as much as anyone. I devour Us Weekly and People each week when they arrive in the office, and I have been known to prefer Access Hollywood to World News Tonight. Nonetheless, e... read more..

Karats, good for the eyes?

Warning: The UV protection in the average pair of sunglasses may not save you from the blinding bling of diamond-encrusted frames now being worn by accessory-loving fashionistas. In the must-have acce... read more..

B.B.'s Best

Yael Sonia "Curve" ring in 18-karat yellow gold with 9 mm Tahitian pearls and diamonds totaling 0.47 carats. I love the way this ring has such bold lines and fluidity, and looks like a tiny sculpture ... read more..
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